Workshops

Arts Court Theatre is run for artists, creators and audiences by the Ottawa Fringe team. And beyond a wish to see quality production after production mounted at Arts Court, the organization has a vested interest in facilitating the ongoing development of Ottawa-based performers–both emerging and established. A growing series of workshops intends to contribute space, teachers and time to that end.

Some are lead by local theatre-makers and others by visiting artists. Now and then workshops are delivered by professionals from another field. Registration is free when it can be while other times a workshop is made possible by participation fees. See below for descriptions to upcoming workshops and registration details.

Physical Comedy Workshop with Martha Ross

Martha Ross is offering two 1-day physical comedy workshops that give you a taste of how her Toronto Lecoq based company, Theatre Columbus, created award-winning comedies for 30 years. (The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine; The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls; Paranoia, etc.)

February 18 and 19, 2016
11:00am–6:00pm
Arts Court Library

This workshop is an exploration of physical comedy that has its roots in the Jacques Lecoq method of divising theatre.

The workshop is designed to benefit performers, writers, theatre devisers and directors.

The theme of SUSPICION is used to find exciting physical comedy, comedy that emerges when the physical and emotional space becomes charged with rhythm and force.

You first discover a character and then you play with how your character enters the space, how they use objects, how they affect other characters. While discovering the rhythm of a character and in this case, the rhythms inherent to the theme of suspicion, you discover the rhythms of performance and writing. You rekindle the joy of being in the empty space.

Out of silence theatre is born. Out of tension comedy is born.

Fee: $80 for 1 workshop; $145 forboth workshops

To register: email marthaross.ross@gmail.com

Martha Ross trained at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris over 30 years ago and has been writing, performing, teaching, directing and creating original theatre ever since. With Theatre Columbus, the company she co-founded with Leah Cherniak in 1983, Martha collectively created many award-winning plays: The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine; Paranoia; The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls to name just a few. Martha teaches Physical Theatre at universities and private studios across Canada. Martha received, with Leah Cherniak, the 2009 George Luscombe award for Mentorship. Most recently Martha co-created and directed Kristina Watt for the 2016 undercurrents premiere of Particle.

Discover the Silent Comic in You

A one day intensive with Andy Massingham

March 5, 2016
10:00am–4:30pm
Arts Court Library

“After all the analysis and pointless theorizing is done, there’s only one truth that matters…comedy is about someone in trouble!” –Charlie Chaplin

In this one day intensive we will explore, discover and celebrate the innate physical comic in you. From devising routines based on experience as well as improvising on the spot, you will discover a whole new range of emotions to draw on as well as creative impulses you can take with you to keep your silent comic creating long afterward! No previous training required but be prepared to move.

This class will be physically demanding. Please wear loose clothing and bring water and a notebook.

Fee: $100.00 ($80.00 for students)

To Register: email acmassingham@gmail.com

Andy Massingham has been a professional theatre artist for thirty years. He has worked at the Stratford Festival, Banff Centre, Soulpepper, Tarragon, NAC and many others. His award-winning wordless play Rough House toured Canada and the U.S. for three years. He is returning to Ottawa this summer to direct Odyssey Theatre’s production of The Servant of Two Masters.

Previous workshops

2016

January

Fringe 101
with Patrick Gauthier
presented by Ottawa Fringe

2015

November

The Acting Animal: The Actor’s Environment
with Andy Massingham

Compelling Telling
with Chris Ralph
presented by Ottawa Storytellers

October

The Acting Animal: Begin Anywhere
with Andy Massingham

September

The Acting Animal: Taking the Leap
with Andy Massingham

Contemplative Photography
with Henry Fernando

July

Truth and Impulse: an intensive intro to the Meisner Technique
with Royce Sparks

May

16MM filmmaking for Women!
with Sarah Evans
presented by IFCO

LABAN (Level Two) Advanced Workshop
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

April

Fringe Producers’ Media & Marketing Strategy
with Greggory Clark
presented by Ottawa Fringe

March

Database Speed Dating 
presented by Creative Capital Exchange

IFCOs March Break Super 8 Filmmaking Camp 
presented by IFCO

The Intimate Story
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

Sound Design with Protools 
with Ray Gould

Tech with Ted 
with Ted Forbes
presented by Ottawa Fringe

An introduction to picture editing using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 
with Angus MacDermott

February

Treasurers’ Roundtable
with Julia D. Stewart, CPA, CA

January

Neutral Mask
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

Fringe 101 
with Patrick Gauthier
presented by Ottawa Fringe

2014

November

Laban Workshop (Level III)
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

Directing Actors
with Scot Eldridge

October

The Intimate Actor
with Alix Sideris
presented by Arts Court Theatre

August

Truth and Impulse: an intensive introduction to the Meisner Technique
with Jessica Ruano and Royce Sparks

April

Laban Workshop (Level II)
with Alix Sideris

Media & marketing strategy for Fringe Festival producers
with Greggory Clark
presented by Ottawa Fringe

March

Tech for Fringe Festival producers
with Ted Forbes
presented by Ottawa Fringe

January

Fringe 101 for theatre creators
with Patrick Gauthier
presented by Ottawa Fringe